The actress appeared on ‘NBC Nightly News’ with Lester Holt where she spoke out for the first time about the snafu.
Actress Faye Dunaway spoke publicly for the first time about what happened during the Oscar mix-up where La La Land was mistakenly announced as best picture instead of Moonlight. Dunaway appeared on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Monday night where she said she felt “very guilty” about the incident.
“I could have done something, surely. Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on the top of the card?” said Dunaway to Holt of the wrong card that she received onstage that contained the name of best actress winner Emma Stone for La La Land.
Dunaway, who presented the best picture Oscar with her Bonnie and Clyde co-star Warren Beatty, said she initially thought Beatty was joking while they were both onstage.
“So he took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused He looked over me, offstage. He looked around. And I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking. I mean, I thought he was stalling. Warren’s like that. He kind of holds the power and makes people…a dramatic pause but it’s part of his charm.”
Beatty recently told Graham Norton in a sit-down interview that the incident was “chaos.” A PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant handed the actor the wrong envelope before he and Dunaway presented the award for best picture to La La Land, and the film’s cast and crew took the stage in celebration until Jordan Horowitz pointed out that Moonlight was the correct winner.
The incident led to an investigation, however, the Academy is continuing to use the same accounting firm for the next ceremony.